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August 26 - August 30, 2013


Long Island Business Council

The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns. They take our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.

The council is holding a worksession at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, located at 7180 Republic Airport in Farmingdale, from 8-10 a.m. on Sept. 25. Breakfast will be available for attendees. Members of the Long Island Business Council can pre-register at any time at no cost; the fee for non-members is $45.00.

“No one can match King’s brilliance. But the same flame that lit the heart of all who are willing to take a first step for justice - I know that flame remains.” - President Barack Obama speaking at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington.

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California Pizza Kitchen and Friends of Long Island Cooking Up Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims

Friends of Long Island will also be hosting a fundraiser at all California Pizza Kitchen locations across the island on Aug. 30. To participate, simply bring this flier with you and 20 percent of your bill will be donated to Friends of Long Island.  All funds collected will go directly to affected communities helping families to get back in their homes.

Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy is a diverse coalition of local community and business organizations focused on post-Sandy rebuilding. Approximately 18 different community groups make up Friends of Long Island representing Sandy affected communities from East Rockaway to the Hamptons. Although it has been almost 9 months since the storm, many south shore neighborhoods, residents and businesses still need all forms of assistance. The goal of these groups is to ensure public and private resources make it directly to local communities, and has pledged to raise $500,000 to this end.

You  can also send a donation to Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy by clicking here.

Keeping New York Out Of The Red

After the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, state officials summoned Long Island community members to help prevent New York State from a financial deficit.

Eight local leaders, including State Budget Crisis Task Force co-Chair Richard Ravitch, Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman, Nassau County Village Officials Association President David Tanner and Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander, met with State Senator Jack Martins (R, C, I-Mineola) Tuesday morning at the Nassau County Legislature.

“Detroit presents a worst-case scenario for municipalities everywhere facing similar concerns, but it is not alone,” Martins said. “Many of our municipalities right here in New York are being crushed by overwhelming long-term debt and structural budget shortfalls. Governing Magazine states that there have been 36 municipal bankruptcies since 2010, including Detroit, a fact that has left many wondering whether it can happen here in New York.  By attempting to address these concerns, these hearings are not only timely, but extremely important. We will bring municipal leaders, financial experts and community leaders together and examine what we can learn from Detroit and how our municipalities here in New York can tread a different path.”

The “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York” hearing was actually the third hearing to promote long-term fiscal solvency. The hearing was held Aug. 20 in Syracuse and the second two days later in Buffalo.

Representatives feeling varying levels of distress were invited to review state laws and state-imposed municipal oversight boards to help provide relief and assistance. The conversation also covered potential solutions to fiscal stress, the impacts of statewide initiatives and municipalities currently working with a fiscal control board.

Alexander approached the legislator to advocate on behalf of Smart Growth. Mixed-use development, he said, creates more tax revenue for municipalities, requires less upfront investment to infrastructure and fewer expenses for municipal services like ambulances.

Highlighting the success of Smart Growth on Long Island, he referenced downtown Huntington. Comparing three-story mixed-use buildings with single-story single-use buildings with onsite parking, the taller building pay more than twice as much rent. Wild by Nature, Waldbaum’s and Chase Bank average $74,288 per acre annually, Alexander said, while three mixed-use buildings between Green and New Street average $351,902 per acre every year.

“Mixed-use development offers municipalities a significant financial incentive to create. Governments who embrace Smart Growth regularly see more tax revenue than those who don’t,” he said.

A Martins spokesman said the senator will present the ideas from Tuesday’s meeting to his colleagues in the senate and assembly.

Baby Boomers Leaving Suburbia For Downtown

The hipster movement may have breathed life into downtowns like Williamsburg, although a larger, more diverse population is settling into these walkable communities.

Older residents are sharing downtowns with the younger, artistic crowd, according to a “Wall Street Journal” article in Tuesday’s edition, and even gradually replacing them.

A Seattle-based real estate firm reported seeing more clients in their 50s and 60s with more wealth abandoning their homes for downtown condominiums. The firm sold 34 condo penthouses and luxury town homes for more than $1 million in Seattle neighborhoods between March and October 2012; many were sold to baby boomers – identified as those born between 1946-1964. That figure also marked a 40 percent increase from 2011.

Third-party analysis of U.S. Census data revealed baby boomer population declined at a more significant rate 40-80 miles outside of the country’s 50 largest cities than within 5 miles of those cities. A different study found more Americans age 55 and older are living in condos, up from 7.3 percent in 2005 to 9.6 percent in 2011. And more Americans are looking to call the big city home.

According to a 2011 poll by the National Association of Realtors, 19 percent wanted to live in a city, compared to 13 percent in 2004. With the children moved out, some experts say baby boomers prefer walkable downtowns to large houses.

"Baby boomers are tired of mowing the lawn. They're looking for a more diverse environment," said Chris Leinberger, chairman of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business.

When developers Toll Brothers – known for building sprawling suburban communities – created their city living decision in 2003, they planned for “young people with money.” Instead, a large percentage of their clientele has become baby boomers. The older generation represents 75 percent of construction in Gramercy Park, half of a new condo near Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia and 25 percent of new construction in Hoboken.

And as more baby boomers call cities home, overall demand rises, sending prices soaring. Within the 50 cities referenced earlier, Leinberger confirmed the price per square foot includes a 40-200 percent premium compared to nearby suburbs. Toll Brothers also noticed higher prices for urban land, referencing a 30-50 percent increase in the past eight years.

Baby boomers seemingly have few problems with the increased prices, although many of the younger residents are leaving quicker. Where hipsters used to live in neighborhoods for 10 years before getting priced out, the Seattle-based real estate firm now sees them leave after just five years. In neighborhoods reclaimed by the younger artists and musicians in the 1990s, expensive boutiques and celebrities are the norm in 2005.

"The pace of change is unbelievable," Halstead Property agent Warner Lewis said.


$10 Million In State Grants Sought For Hub Parking

Parking garages near the Nassau Coliseum could help develop billions down the road, claim applicants seeking state money to build them.

Brandon Palanker, Renaissance Downtown’s vice president of public affairs, confirmed they partnered with Nassau County to submit a $10 million application to build to create 6,500 parking spaces for the 77-acre Hub project.

“We have an opportunity to build a million or two million high-tech, research and development, healthcare, those types of businesses,” Palanker said. “In order to do that, we need to find a way to build structured parking.”

County and planning officials with the Hub project believe that while the Coliseum is being replaced by Bruce Ratner’s new 13,000-seat arena, they also have the opportunity to create 10,000 new jobs from both companies new to Long Island and those considering moving out. Palanker believes the new development could create $30 billion in economic activity over 30 years, not including the arena itself.

“We lost the defense industry 20 years ago and have not rewritten that chapter,” he said.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano selected Bruce Ratner’s proposal earlier this month. His pitch featured a 13,000-seat arena; along with a 2,000-seat theater; 2,500-seat ampitheater/ice skating rink; a movie theater or bowling alley; about 50,000 square feet of retail space and up to six restaurants. Palanker said development of the Coliseum’s successor will be the first phase, with Hub and parking following.

Officials said it remains too early to examine the specifics of the garages, although the application calls for several multi-tiered parking facilities.

Construction would also cost up to $160 million. Palanker said they are looking to shield taxpayers from the cost, including the $10 million application to the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. He added they’re also investigating federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) funds, TAN bonds, grants and other non-tax sources of revenue.

“You have to get creative and put together a capital stack that will make sense,” he said.

Funding was also an issue with failed Hub plans in the last 15 years. County administrators failed to apply for state and federal grants on necessary projects like widening the Meadowbrook Parkway, express bus system to nearby train stations and upgrades to the Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plant.

“We recognize we can’t burden the local taxpayer. We have to get creative,” Palanker said.

Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said the county is looking both for grants and private investments to build the parking.

“If you can find a bioscience company looking to locate there, they would likely invest in the garage,” Nevin said.

Meanwhile, the Renaissance vice president confirmed improved mass transportation is one of two Smart Growth-friendly projects taking place less than a mile away. The county is investigating a Bus Rapid Transit or a modern street car to connect Hempstead with the Hub, while a $2-billion mixed-used development is expected to bring more residents and businesses to downtown Hempstead.

All three projects are separate, Palanker said, but emphasized they “should be looked at as a regional framework.”

For more information about the Hub project, visit the county’s website.

County's $250,000 May Fund Kiosks, Downtown Projects

The Village of Northport is already home to a variety of cultural organizations, restaurants and businesses. But the Village has lacked a central source of information, until now.

Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport) joined members of the Village Board and community groups Monday to announce public funding for informational kiosks. Northport resident and kiosk designer Steven King joined Spencer, Mayor George Doll, Deputy Mayor Henry Tobin, Chamber of Commerce President Debi Triola Northport Arts Coalition (NAC) Director Dan Paige and Downtown Revitalization Citizen’s Advisory Board member Keith Barrett at the end of Main Street.

“Making Northport Village an even more attractive and vibrant place to visit, shop and enjoy family and friends is a smart way to not only improve our quality of life but also to improve the economy of the county as a whole,” Spencer said.

Plans to build a kiosk near Village Park and two boards downtown were made public earlier this summer. The larger kiosk would house a running slideshow of upcoming events and Village history, and helpful volunteers when available. One board would stand near the Village Park parking lot and the other would stand near the post office.

Suffolk County’s Downtown Revitalization Citizen’s Advisory Board recently offered their support for a $15,500 grant. The proposal is expected to be included with other smaller grant applications from across the county as part of a $250,000 resolution.

The proposed grants range from $7,500-$48,000 and would benefit projects in Northport, Lindenhurst, Central Islip, Babylon, Amityville, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Easthampton, Flanders and Riverside. The largest amount would go towards decorative crosswalks with a warning surface, curb extensions and decorative streetlights in Rocky Point, while the smallest would go towards informational kiosks in Babylon Village.

Legislative sources confirmed the resolution should be filed on Sept. 12 and voted on Oct. 8.

Funds will be awarded on a competitive grant basis, using a merit-based scoring system judging the leveraging of additional funds, economic impact, reasonable expectation of completion, overall downtown improvement and proximity to downtown.

Triola said they filed the application in June on behalf of Village Hall, the Rotary Club of Northport, Northport Historical Society, Northport Arts Coalition, Northport-East Northport Kiwanis Club, Minstrel Players, Bare Bones Theater and Cow Harbor Day.

“We have so many wonderful organizations in Northport, it’s nice we can have one central location,” Triola said. “It’s a go-to place for all events and businesses.”

Spencer said he is optimistic his colleagues on the Suffolk County Legislature will approve the grant. For contact information, visit their website.

Finesse, Not Force, In Jericho Turnpike's Future

Widening Jericho Turnpike may not be the solution to congestion plaguing 2.6-mile stretch of highway in Smithtown, as state officials are realizing.

The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) are in the process of withdrawing $42 million plans to expand Route 25 between Route 111 and 347.

DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters said they withdrew the Route 25/Main Street Smithtown project after other road work along Jericho Turnpike made the plans incompatible. The DOT and Town of Smithtown reduced lanes and added traffic calming measures in downtown Smithtown last year.

 “You have one single lane westbound and it just doesn’t make sense to feed all of this traffic to just jam up, bottle neck into the single lane of the downtown area,” Peters said.

The project would have expanded the highway from one lane in each direction to as many as five lanes total. The state is now considering restricting some turns and adding turn arrows, improving bicycling facilities and improving signals.

Peters also said ongoing projects along Route 347 will divert some motorists from Route 25 in Smithtown.

“Clearly the widening plan clashed with the positive work of the road narrowing and enhancement downtown area that has improved safety and downtown businesses,” Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said. “These resources can be redirected towards fixing existing roadways and improving roads in downtown and walkable areas."

Vision Long Island is a Smart Growth planning organization that has worked with local Smithtown community and business organizations to improve the safety and revitalization of Main Street Smithtown.

Energy Contest EmPowers Teens To Think Green

Three teams of high school students walked away with scholarships in the EmPower Solar Student Competition, but all 13 teams learned more about harvesting energy from the sun.

Eight guest judges reviewing students' essays and videos, announcing winners at the Town of Hempstead's Energy Park on Aug. 8.

The contest, organized by EmPower Solar, encourages students to recognize the benefits of solar power. Each team submitted an essay based on original research and a video that was uploaded to YouTube.  The winning team - Students Taking Action for Tomorrow's Environment (STATE) - received a $1,000 per person scholarship and a trip to the U.S. Solar Decathlon in California Oct. 3-13.

STATE consisted of students from Ward Melville, Smithtown and Mount Sinai. Their video can be seen here.
Second place went to Solar Generation. Consisting of students from Northport, Stuyvesant and the Bronx, their video can be seen here.

Third place finishers Solar Squad hail from Farmingdale. Their video, which attracted the most views, can be seen here.

The awards ceremony was the centerpiece of EmPower Solar's Family Solar Night. Open to the public at no charge, the non-profit solar installer's event featured food, entertainment and education.

That included tours of Hempstead's Energy Park. The renewable energy park features a series of demonstration projects, including a hydrogen refueling station powered by wind energy; various solar photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal and geothermal technologies; EV charging; a net-zero energy office; and an off-grid capable solar/wind shellfish aquaculture facility.

Joining Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander on the panel of guest judges was U.S. Green Buildings Council Executive Director Vince Capogna, Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Renewable Energy Long Island Executive Director Gordian Raacke, Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Adrienne Esposito, Urban Green Council Construction Education Director Ellen Honigstock, Solar One Community Solar Initiatives Director Max Joel and Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition consultant Tom Leddy.

Rally On For Saturday To Support The 11518

Superstorm Sandy struck 10 months ago, yet hundreds of East Rockaway and Bay Park residents are still not home. They live with family, friends and in hotels, but not in their own homes nearly a year later. The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant still needs critical investments. A rally is on for Saturday afternoon, from noon-2 p.m.

The rally will be held at Kevin E. McNulty Park, along Ocean Avenue in East Rockaway. From Sunrise Highway, take Ocean Avenue in Rockville Center (Mavis Discount Tire is the nearest landmark). Continue south over the LIRR tracks and look for the park on the right. Meter parking is in effect at the LIRR station,but the Pathmark around the corner does have a large parking lot.

Check out the Long Island Herald for more information about the rally.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

Meetup on West End Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510
Saturday at 9 a.m.
Look for the Red Shirts!
For more information, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

Saturday at 9 a.m.
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.
For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
24 Woodbine Ave
Suite 2
Northport, NY 11768


Celebrate Huntington Awareness Day Next Week

When it comes to celebrating downtowns, nothing tops a parade.

A procession down New York Avenue will be the highlight of the fourth annual Huntington Awareness Day & Parade on Sept. 7.

Merchants, not-for-profits and elected officials and other community organizations from the Town of Huntington will celebrate the town’s unity, diversity and solidarity. More than 110 groups participated last year, including Renaissance Downtowns, the Huntington Station Enrichment Center and South Huntington Wildcat Marching Band.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at 15th Avenue. Floats, service groups, vintage cars and bands will join community members marching to Church Street. A fair between Church and Railroad Street should be underway until 6 p.m., featuring live music and crafts for sale.

The 2013 festivities will also honor two notable community residents. Alfred Sforza, 99, was also known as “Freddie the Shoemaker.” Charles “Charlie” Gumbs, 83, is a veteran and former champion middleweight boxer.

For more information on the event, visit their website.

National Endowment for the Humanities announces Bridging Cultures grants program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced their Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants to encourage exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applicants might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.

Projects which are eligible for funding must: create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other institutions with appropriate resources.

Grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.

About seven to nine applicants will be awarded funding of up to $120,000 each. Applicants can be any non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; state and local governmental agencies; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply. The planning and implementation of a project must involve a partnership between a community college or community college system and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. The applicant of record may be either the participating community college or community college system or the collaborating institution.

The deadline is August 27, 2013, for projects beginning no later than September 2014. To apply, please contact:

Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20506

You can call (202) 606-8380 or email, or visit the website for more information.

For more information on available state, federal, and private grants please visit the NYS Assembly website.

NYSERDA releases Program Opportunity Notice 2722

The New York State Energy Research and Development Association (NYSERDA) has just released this past week a new Program Opportunity Notice, PON 2722.

NYSERDA hopes that with PON 2722 the State of New York can begin to move towards the development and implementation of zero-net Energy Wastewater Treatment systems through the improvement of the performance, sustainability, and the resilience of municipal water and waste water treatment infrastructure.

Through PON 2722, NYSERDA hopes to achieve three goals: to support Zero-Net Energy waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) - plants where energy demand is balanced with energy generated from on-site renewable sources; evaluate WWTP energy efficiency opportunities, evaluate energy efficient process improvement alternatives, and demonstrate use of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or similar tools.

Demonstration Projects (up to $250,000 per project)
• Demonstrations of innovative technologies including, but not limited to, alternatives to conventional activated sludge secondary processes; technologies to improve/facilitate anaerobic digestion gas production/use; energy-efficient nutrient removal; side stream treatment technologies to address high nutrient and organic loads generated from biosolids processing liquids; innovative low energy sludge processing technologies; and wastewater and/or biosolids energy recovery technologies.
Feasibility Studies (up to $25,000 per project)

  1. Energy Efficiency Technical Evaluation Feasibility Studies* – Studies including, but not limited to, developing baseline energy consumption data, and/or identifying opportunities for energy efficiency, demand reduction, and/or process optimization projects.
  2. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate Energy Efficient Process Improvement Alternatives* – Studies including, but not limited to, evaluations of alternative energy efficient nutrient removal, sludge processing, or disinfection alternatives.
  3. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate/Demonstrate Use of US EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or Similar Tools – Studies designed to understand potential climate change impacts, assess related risks, and evaluate adaptive options for municipal drinking water and wastewater systems in New York. Information on the CREAT tool can be found on the Climate Ready Water Utilities website at Information about projected climate impacts to NYS may be found at:

All proposals must provide a minimum of 50 percent cost- sharing.

Proposal Due: September 17, 2013 by 5 p.m. Eastern Time*

Proposal Submission -Proposers must submit two (2) paper copies of the proposal and one (1) digital copy of the proposal on CD. A completed and signed Proposal Checklist must be attached to the front of each copy. One (1) of the paper copies must have a Proposal Checklist that contains an original signature. Proposals must be clearly labeled and submitted to:
Roseanne Viscusi, PON 2722 NYS Energy Research and Development Authority 17 Columbia Circle Albany, NY 12203-6399

If you have technical questions concerning this PON, contact Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or If you have contractual questions concerning this PON, contact Nancy Marucci at (518) 8621090, ext. 3335

No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted except by contacting Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or Contacting anyone other than this Designated Contact (either directly by the proposer or indirectly through a lobbyist or other person acting on the proposer’s behalf) in an attempt to influence the procurement: (1) may result in a proposer being deemed a non-responsible offerer, and (2) may result in the proposer not being awarded a contract.

*Late proposals will be returned. Incomplete proposals may be subject to disqualification. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that all pages have been included in the proposal. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted. Proposals will not be accepted at any other NYSERDA location other than the address above. If changes are made to this PON, notification will be posted on NYSERDA’s web site at

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford



Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Hamptons International Film Festival presents SummerDocs: The SHORT GAME, hosted by Alec Baldwin-Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.
Taj Mahal Trio with special guest Bettye LaVette-Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.
Patti Smith: Words and Music-Sunday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Hanson: Anthem World Tour with Special Guest-Paul McDonald-Sunday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Nunsense-Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m.
Jack and the Beanstalk-Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Saturday Night Dance Party- Saturday, Aug. 31 at 9 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Solid Gold: A Motown Celbration-Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT FACE OFF- Friday, Aug. 30 at 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
All The Leaves Are Brown-Mamas and Papas Tribute-Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Broadway Tonite!-Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m., supper/show package $70
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Guest Renter: Spotlight Theatre Group presents Summer Musical Camp for 7-10 year-olds featuring "Grease" - Aug. 26-30.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum- Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
Bay Street's Hamptons Pride Dance Party on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:


American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon
June 14-Nov. 22

Grant Park
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 15

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens on June 17

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov 16

Port Washington
Town Dock
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon
Through October

Rockville Centre
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2-Nov. 24

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23


9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens July 6

East Hampton
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

1st St Lot of United Methodist Church
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 12

Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2 - Nov. 15

Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Oct. 27

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through November

Cow Harbor parking lot, Northport Village
Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 8-Nov 23

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 5-Nov. 15

Port Jefferson
Corner of Route 25A & Route 112, Steam Room Parking Lot
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
July 4-Oct. 17

Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 11 - Oct. 24

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Stony Brook
Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street
Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Through Oct. 31

25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 26-Oct. 13

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Ronkonkoma - Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday Sept. 1 between 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will take place on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road south to Wittridge Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.

Nesconset - Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8 between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.

Bellmore - 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between Sept. 19-22 at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.

Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route 24).

Copiage, Babylon Summer Concerts Series Kerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Happy Labor Day!

"Labor Day is the holiday when we celebrate the working women and men of our great country, a holiday they truly deserve. We in the labor movement have so much to be proud of, for each and every day we fight on behalf of our members and for those who have no voice. We fight for justice, for dignity and the respect that every working women and man deserve. We fight for our future and for our children’s future; we lead the struggle for people of every race, creed, sexual orientation or national origin to be treated equally and fairly. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, those women and men who fought and sometimes died to give us the rights we all enjoy." - John Durso, president of Long Island Federation of Labor

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